Carthage students, All Energy Solar hope residents harness chance to go green

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KENOSHA ⏤ Carthage College junior Sophie Shulman’s journey into advocating for green energy and solar panels started with a thought: Why doesn’t Carthage have a wind turbine? Now, Shulman, a music and marketing major, has launched a project with solar panel company All Energy Solar to increase local panels. Shulman is currently working with the [...]

Observer Conversations: James Simmons for Kenosha County Sheriff

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Editor's note: As the Observer wishes to be fair to all candidates, if there is another sheriff candidate who would also like to sit down for an interview on camera, I am more than happy to oblige. Please email me at dthompson@theuptownobserver.com. KENOSHA ⏤ When Kenoshans think of Kenosha County Sheriff candidate James Simmons, he [...]

Observer Walk: Basilica and National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians at Holy Hill

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HUBERTUS, Wis. ⏤ The Basilica and National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians at Holy Hill is maybe the most pleasant walk/hike you can take in the local region. The peaceful spot, tucked in 435 acres of woods, is located about 70 miles northwest of Kenosha in Hubertus, Wis. The three-layer hill is centered around [...]

Inside the Mind of Daniel Thompson: On Arzell Thompson, ‘Flukie’

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It’s taken me a long time to appreciate and understand my grandfather, Arzell “Flukie” Thompson, and how his kindness is the most important trait he imparted on my family. Bessie Green gave birth to Arzell on Feb 23, 1917, in Nelton, Miss. Growing up a Black man in the Jim Crow South, my grandfather’s opportunities [...]

#HCS: Grace Welcome Center cuts ribbon on new cooler, celebrates anniversary

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“God, we sit in this basement in Grace Welcome Center ready to see you in our midst. Open our eyes and our hearts to greet you and all that come this day.” KENOSHA ⏤ Those were the closing words of Pastor Kevin Beebe’s prayer in the Grace Welcome Center basement Wednesday as the pantry cut [...]

#HumanityCenteredSaturday: ‘Let’s Be Better Humans’ with Jon Linton in Kenosha

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KENOSHA ⏤ I first met and talked to Jon Linton, founder of “Let’s Be Better Humans”, shortly after the police shooting of Jacob Blake in August 2020.  At that time, he had recently spent days in Minneapolis, documenting the aftermath after the killing of George Floyd.  I had been doing the same work with the [...]

#Mid-Week Rewind: An application, a city detective, a radio station

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KENOSHA ⏤ So far this week, the Uptown Observer's coverage has hovered heavily around municipal happenings and getting to know a detective within the city of Kenosha Police Department. https://videopress.com/v/BauuaDot?autoPlay=true&controls=false&loop=true&muted=true&persistVolume=false&preloadContent=metadata Therefore, below, please catch up on our stories that the community has been reading this week. Latest News Around Kenosha Support The Uptown Observer Make [...]

#ObserverConversations: Talking about building trust, police life with KPD Detective Tommar Franklin

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KENOSHA ⏤ Last week, the Uptown Observer had the opportunity to sit down for a long and very enlightening conversation with Kenosha Police Department Detective Tommar Franklin. However, the conversation between the Observer and Franklin covered more ground than a simple write-up could show. Therefore, please take the time to watch the interview for yourself [...]

#OfInterest: Observer readers delve into KPD detective’s experience, Thompson’s Take

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KENOSHA ⏤ This past week, Observer supporters' eyes fell mostly on the story of Kenosha Police Department Detective Tommar Franklin. https://www.facebook.com/104994688045055/photos/pb.100045469393154.-2207520000../210588397485683/?type=3 The community also took interest in Uptown Observer founder Daniel Thompson's recounting of his COVID-19 vaccination experience. In fact, many of the stories visitors to our site paid most attention to focused on the [...]

#HumanityCenteredSaturday: KPD Detective Tommar Franklin trying to make change from within

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KENOSHA ⏤ Kenosha Police Department Detective Tommar Franklin has served his nation and his community for much of his life. Franklin has been in law enforcement for nearly 13 years, serving as a detective for almost three years. He has also called Kenosha home for over 20 years.  During his time in the service, Franklin [...]

#TBT: Kori Davis’ poetry at Kenosha Fusion

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KENOSHA ⏤ While music is often the focus of entertainment locally, poetry and prose still add heart and soul to the Kenosha scene. https://videopress.com/v/ta74sm1v?autoPlay=true&controls=false&loop=true&muted=true&persistVolume=false&preloadContent=metadata Most often, a mix of different genres and styles of music rule the local open mics. However, Kenosha is just as much a city of poets as it is a city [...]

#HumanityCenteredSaturday: Officer Friendly wants entire community to work together toward a better future

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KENOSHA ⸺ Everyone knows of Officer Friendly in Kenosha, although many forget about the human behind the Kenosha Police Department uniform.  The new Officer Friendly in town, Tyler Cochran, does a great job trying to engage the community.  For as long as Cochran can remember, he has wanted to be an active member in his [...]

#SaturdayMorningMix: Two claims and a mask mandate extension

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KENOSHA ⏤ Claims filed against the city of Kenosha and an extension of the city's mask mandate until May 27 lead this week's most viewed stories on the Uptown Observer website. As a result, below, please take time to look back on all of our reporting that the community has paid attention to since March [...]

Humanity-Centered Saturday: A trip down memory lane

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KENOSHA ⏤ Since The Uptown Observer began, we’ve pursued what we call “humanity-centered journalism.” What this means is, instead of showing what gets more pageviews, we try to focus on the people. Within that, we try to add in little flourishes of personality that others may not. For a while now, our intern Olivia Crudup [...]

#SaturdayMorningMix: A drug bust and a barber lead stories this week

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KENOSHA ⏤ The Uptown Observer hit on various aspects of the Kenosha County community this week, ranging from crime to the COVID-19 pandemic. We covered a shooting near Grace Lutheran Church in the Uptown neighborhood. The Observer also reported on an update on local distribution efforts of the COVID-19 vaccine. And we got to see [...]

#HumanityCenteredSaturday: A leader walks into a barbershop …

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Alvin owens serves community with 'collective' https://youtu.be/5XlqV7ARfQ0 KENOSHA ⏤ Known for his amazing haircuts and involvement in local activism supporting communities of color, Alvin D. Owens has done it all. He’s from cut hair in his front yard, worked in public relations, and has been employed in the education field.  Regimen Barber Collective A resident [...]

Wisconsin 6 to take last bites Thursday at Grace before 22-day fast

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https://videopress.com/v/GObqrnpv?autoPlay=true&controls=false&loop=true&muted=true&persistVolume=false&preloadContent=metadata KENOSHA ⏤ While fasting in Biblical context mostly pertained to seeking something from God, the Wisconsin 6 are using it in the hopes of attaining change sought from man. On Thursday, March 4, the group led by Pastor Jonathan Barker will take their last bites of food outside of Grace Lutheran Church. After that, [...]

#HumanityCenteredSaturday: A sit-down with ‘Mama’ Arnetta Griffin

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https://youtu.be/iKlT3DmRw9w KENOSHA ⏤ Known as “Mama” in her community, Arnetta Griffin has been working to better Kenosha, doing God’s work.  With First Step Warming Center shutting down in May 2017 and her own experience as a single mother, Griffin wanted to make a difference in people's lives.  https://youtu.be/qtSg8gHczpg After she went through her own trials [...]